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IFIL BACK IN ACTION

Posted on 12 January 2006  - 12:00

Philip Ifil hit the comeback trail with a 45-minute stint in a private practice match against Luton Town at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

Philip Ifil hit the comeback trail with a 45-minute stint in a private practice match against Luton Town at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

The full-back sustained a groin injury towards the conclusion of his loan spell at Millwall in December and successfully came through his return as Clive Allen sharpened up his players for the resumption of the reserve league campaign next week.

Left back Marcel McKie also featured after recovering from a stress fracture of the shin.

"It was important for a number of players, with some of them having been inactive for a couple of weeks now," reported Clive afterwards. "It was good for Phil to play his first 45 minutes, while Marcel McKie also came in for 45 following his injury over Christmas.

Calum Davenport and Wayne Routledge also had a game so it was a worthwhile exercise

"Phil came through fine, he had a bit of a virus at the end of last week so has only had a few days training. Half a game was planned and he did well. Marcel had a stress fracture which he picked up in a game in a game against Luton six weeks ago. He too has not had a lot of training so it was ideal for him to get back into it.

"It was competitive and good for our preparations for next Monday when our reserve season starts again after the break. We knew it would be a lively, physical game and that is exactly what we needed to be ready for the coming games."

A 6-1 victory was recorded with a hat-trick from Lee Barnard, two from Simon Dawkins on one from Kieran McKenna.